Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Special Education intensive study area

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education

(In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the six areas see page xxx.

The Special Education area of intensive study is designed to provide students with a variety of leadership positions in public schools, higher education and human services agencies serving infants, children, youth and adults with disabilities. This program will center on preparing leaders who will be able to promote new meanings about diversity, develop inclusive school cultures and instructional programs, and forge productive relationships between schools and their communities. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Special Education.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree see page xxx.


I. Professional Common Core.....15 hours

  Education Foundations.....3 hours

    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:301


    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:303; 190:305; 190:307.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: one of the following - 250:270, 250:300, 250:301, 250:310.....3 hours

II. Advanced Professional Studies.....38 hours

This is the component of the program that relates to and supports the student's professional career goal. Specific course requirements for individual students will depend on faculty requirements and student background, interests, and goals.  Must include a minimum of 23 hours at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level and must include a minimum of 6 hours outside Special Education.

III. Dissertation.....7 hours

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).


  Doctoral Seminar: 190:389.....1 hour 

  Dissertation Research: 190:399.....6 hours

60 hours